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Work to improve parking around Palmerston North Hospital underway

Friday July 6 2012

In February last year the Palmerston North Hospital introduced fees for on-site parking which in turn led to an increase in the number of people parking on the streets around the hospital. Concerned residents worked with the Palmerston North City Council to create a plan to minimise the effect of the increased parking on their streets.

Senior transport engineer, Glenn Connelly, says the parking and no-stopping lines have been designed to suit individual parking spaces and maintain better clearance to driveways and will result in little loss of parking.

Earlier this year the Council wrote to affected residents on Tyndall, Rongopai, Florence and Stanley Streets informing them of the project and asked if they had any specific comments and / or concerns; specific feedback regarding whether residents preferred to retain on street car parks or increased clearances was sought.

"We'll monitor how well the no-stopping lines work for at least a month and then decide if further action needs to be taken; additional treatments such as time restrictions, and residential parking will be considered on an as needed and in consultation with residents.

"The reason we're using no-stopping lines as opposed to white parking lines is because we want the area to retain a residential feel; it makes the street look less like a parking lot and the white lines can be added later if needed."

Glenn Connelly says other options include introducing time restrictions for some parking spaces, introducing residential parking permits or as a last resort considering residents' only parking. "These options will only be facilitated by Council if there is substantial support from residents - It can be difficult to gain agreement amongst stakeholders so it is important to make sure the effort and investment is warranted."

Weather permitting, work on painting the yellow no-stopping lines will begin tomorrow.